They say not to judge a book by its cover, but that’s a hard thing to do when their covers are this gorgeous! No longer confined to bookcases and coffee tables, a beautifully bound, hardcover book is the perfect styling addition to any vignette, including on a sideboard, bedside, floating shelf etc… They also make a wonderful gift for the difficult to shop for people in your life, ranging in topics from design innovation, to fashion to delicious vegetarian cooking. Here is a selection of our top picks, all for under $60 each!
1. The Broadsheet Melbourne and Sydney Cookbooks, $49.99
A must-have for any Melbournian and Sydneysider, The Broadsheet Melbourne and Sydney Cookbooks feature recipes from these cities’ most iconic restaurants, cafes and bars. Detailing the hottest eateries, from Chin Chin to Three Blue Ducks, you’ll draw culinary inspiration from brilliant chefs and their delicious dishes. Minimalist and stylish, these cookbooks make wonderful gifts for every cook and foodie.
2. The Best of Grand Designs Australia, $59.99
If you’re an interior design buff, you will love The Best of Grand Designs Australia. Boasting an insightful collection of Australia’s most innovative homes, this book is broken into three sections - coastal, urban and country. Filled with gorgeous photography, you’ll find architectural inspiration no matter your style.
3. Forest Feast Gatherings: Simple Vegetarian Menus for Hosting Friends and Family, $49.99
Photographer, food stylist, blogger and New York Times bestselling author Erin Gleeson returns with a gorgeously illustrated cookbook packed with simple vegetarian recipes designed for relaxed entertaining. These healthy recipes are simple enough to prepare after a long day at work, yet also impressive enough for a party. With diagrams and easy to follow step-by-step instructions, each recipe is handwritten by Erin on top of her visually stunning photos and beautiful watercolours.
4. Chanel: Collections and Creations, $55
Fashionistas and design aficionados will love this lush visual selection from the Chanel archives. This hardcover book reveals the brilliant designs created by Coco Chanel from 1920 onwards and explores the style that has embodied the magic of Chanel. It includes many previously unpublished archive photographs and original drawings by Karl Lagerfeld, as well as glorious images from some of the greatest names in fashion photography.
5. All in Good Taste - Kate Spade New York, $39.99
A charming guide to entertaining, All in Good Taste is a New York Times bestseller and includes tips, menus, anecdotes and tips for the modern-day hostess. This treasure contains secrets to throwing chic, stylish get-togethers and essential lost arts, all wrapped up in a pretty pink package.
6. Basics to Brilliance, $55
Basics to Brilliance is a luxurious hardback cookbook, featuring beautiful photography and including over 200 recipes. In this ultimate guide to being brilliant in the kitchen, Australian culinary icon, Donna Hay shares all her favourite, tried and true recipes, followed by clever variations and simple flavour change-ups. With so many delicious recipes to try, this is definitely one book that the whole family will get to enjoy! Our yummiest picks? Her delicious crispy pork belly or decadent fudge brownies.
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